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NOTICE: In-Person Events Limited Due to COVID

In-person MDC events and programs at our nature centers, shooting ranges, and other locations around the state are limited due to COVID-19 considerations. MDC is offering new online programs that allow people to attend virtually. Please check our class listings to see what classes are limited, in-person classes or virtual classes.

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Register by April 30

Date: Thursday, April 1, 2021 - 8:00am to Friday, April 30, 2021 - 8:00am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Have you just bought a new pistol and want to become more familiar with it? Do you need some help getting started as a new shooter or haven’t shot for a while and want to get back into it? Is there a technique that you want to learn or improve upon? This one-on-one instruction is for you! It is BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Participants must provide their own pistol and 100 rounds of ammunition. For more information or to make an appointment, call 816-249-3194.

Register by April 8

Date: Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 6:30pm to Saturday, April 10, 2021 - 11:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

This is a two part clinic:

Join us for a crappie fishing lesson on Thursday evening, April 8th, 6:30 pm - 8:00pm at Burr Oak Woods Nature Center. Where participants will learn how to catch crappie during all seasons and on all conditions. We'll discuss fishing methods, techniques, gear and tackle.

Then we'll meet again on Saturday morning, April 10th, 8:30am - 11:30 am at Jackrabbit Lake, (James A Reed Memorial Wildlife Area) for a hands on opportunity to try and catch some hungry crappie.

Fishing permits are not required for participants to fish during this clinic. Missouri Department of Conservation will provide all equipment, tackle and bait. Each participant must register for this clinic separately. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult at all times during this clinic.

Register by April 9

Date: Saturday, April 10, 2021 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Mushrooms are a delight for animals and people alike! Explore the realm of the fungi and learn what role they play in our environment and which may be a good addition to your dinner plate. We will have a mushroom foray hike in the woods of Burr Oak Woods following the presentation.

Register by April 13

Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Magical moments in nature are waiting for you! Go on an adventure with a Naturalist to make amazing discoveries as you explore on a trail close to the nature center.
Notes: Dress for the weather. Program will be all outdoors, weather permitting. If it is very cold and/or there is more than light rain/sleet/snow program will be cancelled.

Register by April 13

Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 12-18)
Burr Oak Woods is home to many plants and animals, but they don’t all live in the same places. We will visit a forest, prairie and pond to find out who lives there and what makes each habitat unique. Plus, we will investigate how plants and animals can use and change their habitat to meet their survival needs.

Register by April 13

Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 6-8)
Burr Oak Woods is home to many plants and animals, but they don’t all live in the same places. We will visit a forest, prairie and pond to find out who lives there and what makes each habitat unique. Plus, we will investigate how plants and animals can use and change their habitat to meet their survival needs.

Register by April 13

Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 9-11)
Burr Oak Woods is home to many plants and animals, but they don’t all live in the same places. We will visit a forest, prairie and pond to find out who lives there and what makes each habitat unique. Plus, we will investigate how plants and animals can use and change their habitat to meet their survival needs.

Register by April 13

Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngsters only (ages 3-5 with an adult)
Burr Oak Woods is home to many plants and animals, but they don’t all live in the same places. We will visit a forest, prairie and pond to find out who lives there and what makes each habitat unique. Plus, we will investigate how plants and animals can use and change their habitat to meet their survival needs.

Register by April 13

Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 9-11)
Burr Oak Woods is home to many plants and animals, but they don’t all live in the same places. We will visit a forest, prairie and pond to find out who lives there and what makes each habitat unique. Plus, we will investigate how plants and animals can use and change their habitat to meet their survival needs.

Register by April 13

Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngsters only (ages 3-5 with an adult)
Burr Oak Woods is home to many plants and animals, but they don’t all live in the same places. We will visit a forest, prairie and pond to find out who lives there and what makes each habitat unique. Plus, we will investigate how plants and animals can use and change their habitat to meet their survival needs.

Register by April 13

Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 6-8)
Burr Oak Woods is home to many plants and animals, but they don’t all live in the same places. We will visit a forest, prairie and pond to find out who lives there and what makes each habitat unique. Plus, we will investigate how plants and animals can use and change their habitat to meet their survival needs.

Date: Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: Virtual

Every third Thursday at 12pm, we’ll tour the native landscape at MDC’s Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center. Guided by native landscape specialists Alix Daniel and Cydney Ross, this monthly series features a live look at native plants of interest throughout the year, This program is a partnership with Deep Roots.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED THROUGH THE DEEP ROOTS WEBSITE: https://deeproots.org/native-plants-at-noon/

Register by April 15

Date: Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

Lesson 1: Equipment, Casting and Proper Fish Handling combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn how to properly and safely cast a spincast fishing rod, parts of a fishing rod, how to fasten basic fishing tackle and how to properly handle and release a fish. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided.

Ages 7 and above. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Participants do NOT need a fishing permit to fish during this program. All participants must register for this program separately. Email the instructor for assistance with registration.

Date: Friday, April 16, 2021 - 10:00am to 3:30pm

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

What is 5-Stand? It’s a great way to improve on your shotgun shooting skills! This combination of trap, skeet, and sporting clays affords the challenge of all three games but with less walking. Bring your friends and your favorite shotgun and experience the fun of this game. No registration required. WEATHER PERMITTING!

Register by April 13

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021 - 8:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Warsaw Comm. Building Habor Room

Registration required. CALL 660-530-5500 TO REGISTER. REGISTRATION BEGINS MARCH 10 at 8:00am. Participants 17 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Only open to first time participants.

Participants will learn about conservation efforts with paddlefish, techniques for snagging and go out snagging on Lake of the Ozarks for 2-hours.

Masks will be required when social distancing cannot be maintained and while in boats.

For more information email Trish.Yasger@mdc.mo.gov

Register by April 16

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Seize the time to enjoy the beauty of this short season! Spring refreshes the cycle of life, brings out the birds and flowers start their show. Join us for some beginner birding, crafts, and wildflower walks.

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021 - 9:30am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

PRE-PAID/PICKUP ONLY The Missouri Prairie Foundation (MPF) is partnering with the Discovery Center to present a Native Plant & Seed Sale. Please consult the MPF website for any updates, closer to the date, at https://moprairie.org. See the MPF website for vendor contact information and place orders no later than April 13. Vendors include Missouri Wildflower Nursery, Allendan Seed Company, Ozark Soul, Colonial Gardens, City Roods, LLC and Gaylena's Garden. For the safety of our vendors, staff, volunteers and guests, THIS WILL BE A PRE-ORDER SALE ONLY. No extra plants will be available for purchase the day of the sale.

Register by April 16

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Seize the time to enjoy the beauty of this short season! Spring refreshes the cycle of life, brings out the birds and flowers start their show. Join us for some beginner birding, crafts, and wildflower walks.

Register by April 13

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021 - 10:30am to 3:00pm

Location: Warsaw Comm. Building Habor Room

Registration required. CALL 660-530-5500 TO REGISTER. REGISTRATION BEGINS MARCH 10 at 8:00am. Participants 17 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Only open to first time participants.

Participants will learn about conservation efforts with paddlefish, techniques for snagging and go out snagging on Lake of the Ozarks for 2-hours.

Masks will be required when social distancing cannot be maintained and while in boats.

For more information email Trish.Yasger@mdc.mo.gov

Register by April 16

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021 - 2:30pm to 3:15pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families with children 8+)
Archery and bow hunting continue to grow in popularity! Discover the fun of this family activity as parents and kids learn together. We will teach and practice the basics and help you perfect your stance to shoot more consistently and accurately.
Program is presented at the W. Robert Aylward Educational Pond.

Register by April 16

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021 - 3:15pm to 4:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families with children 8+)
Archery and bow hunting continue to grow in popularity! Discover the fun of this family activity as parents and kids learn together. We will teach and practice the basics and help you perfect your stance to shoot more consistently and accurately.
Program is presented at the W. Robert Aylward Educational Pond.

Register by April 19

Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults)
By including a few spring flowers in your recipes, you will add essential nutrients and appealing color to your meals. Discover which edible native wildflowers you can include in your salads, pastries and even ice cubes.

Register by April 20

Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Magical moments in nature are waiting for you! Go on an adventure with a Naturalist to make amazing discoveries as you explore on a trail close to the nature center.
Notes: Dress for the weather. Program will be all outdoors, weather permitting. If it is very cold and/or there is more than light rain/sleet/snow program will be cancelled.

Register by April 20

Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngsters only (0-36 months)
Sniff, feel and listen! Open your senses up wider to nature as you explore new textures, sights, sounds and smells of spring. Learn how some animals use their senses differently than people do.

Register by April 21

Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Virtual

Registration required (ages 8+) Celebrate Earth Day by diving into the world of aquatic ecosystems. Learn how to identify macroinvertebrates and what they tell us about water quality. Discover the watershed you live in and how our actions can have an impact and get up close with aquatic wildlife. Discover Missouri's aquatic ecosystems and discover a world of wonder.

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